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  • Photograph of clay tiles on a grassed area.

Back to the River reconnects local communities and people to the history of Bankside through a range of workshops and talks led by ceramic artist Raewyn Harrison and archaeologist Mike Webber. The project’s grand finale will be this one-day event on the foreshore in front of Tate Modern, where you can help to make a large clay art installation.

Come and explore the archaeological and industrial heritage of Bankside and take part in one of the earliest Thames-side trades: ceramics manufacture. Get your hands on some clay and create your very own cast, made from a mould of a genuine artefact found on the Thames foreshore. You will be able to place your cast on the beach, adding to the artwork and helping to mark out the remains of Mason’s Stairs, a Tudor causeway that gave access to the River.

The installation will remain on the foreshore as the tide rises and falls over 24 hours. The artwork will reference the tens of thousands of artefacts that have been found on the foreshore and the ancient tradition of placing ritual offerings into the Thames.

Join us on the day and give your bit of treasure Back to the Thames.

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